Last week I left you with the principle from
Genesis 3:14 that God addressed the serpent first
after giving Adam and Eve a chance to repent, because He knows who the real
I hope during this past week that you have taken to heart that principle and have been able to acknowledge that your spouse is not the enemy. When we recognize this truth, it helps stop some of the craziness in our homes and helps us to come together to fight against the true enemy of our home: Satan.
Today, we are going to look at how God clothed Adam and Eve. But, before we do, there is one more principle I want you to see. While God addressed Adam first in the garden with the opportunity to repent, He did not address Adam first when it came to consequences of sin. He addressed first the serpent as the real enemy, and then He addressed Eve. He held Eve responsible for her sin and gave her consequences accordingly. He then addressed Adam and gave him consequences as well. We will be held accountable for our sin as individuals. Doesn’t matter who started it!!
Notice when He spoke to Adam, He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you ‘Do not eat of it’. . .” (Genesis 3:17).
I love that picture of God addressing Adam. I believe we deal with this same issue in our lives at times as we follow God in our journey here. God tells us something very clearly. But someone comes along that we choose to listen to instead of God. I have watched ministries and churches experience serious problems because those in leadership heard from God but listened to the voice of others. Oh, but for the grace of God, go I! It is difficult sometimes to stick to what you KNOW God has told you when others around you may appear to know more, be a more mature believer, or have more knowledge, or when you don’t want someone to be upset with you. But, woe the consequences of disobedience when we walk away from His direction.
Enough on that. Let’s look at God’s wardrobe for Adam and Eve versus their loincloths of fig leaves. Several weeks ago, we talked about how Adam and Eve tried to cover their guilt and shame that resulted from their disobedience. We talked about how we try to cover our guilt and shame. Today, I want you to understand something very important about what happened next in the garden. God clothed Adam and Eve to take away their shame and guilt from their recognition of their nakedness. Adam and Eve tried to clothe themselves, but it wasn’t enough. Our way to righteousness will never be enough. We can’t go to church enough, pray enough, worship enough, do enough good works, etc. Blood had to be shed, and death had to take place. I like what Matthew Henry says:
The beasts whose skins they were must be slain, slain before their eyes, to show them what death is, and (as it is Eccl. 3:18) that they may see that they themselves were beasts, mortal and dying. It is supposed that they were slain, not for food, but for sacrifice, to typify the great sacrifice, which, in the latter end of the world, should be offered once for all. Thus the first thing that died was a sacrifice or Christ in a figure, who is therefore said to be the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. These sacrifices were divided between God and man, in token of reconciliation: the flesh was offered to God, a whole burnt-offering; the skins were given to man for clothing, signifying that, Jesus Christ having offered himself to God a sacrifice of a sweet-smelling savour, we are to clothe ourselves with his righteousness as with a garment, that the shame of our nakedness may not appear. Adam and Eve made for themselves aprons of fig-leaves, a covering too narrow for them to wrap themselves in, Isa. 28:20. Such are all the rags of our own righteousness. But God made them coats of skins; large, and strong, and durable, and fit for them; such is the righteousness of Christ. Therefore put on the Lord Jesus Christ.
When we accept and believe Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross, we have put on the Lord Jesus Christ. I’ll never forget when I came to an understanding of the truth of the statement Jesus made from the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” When I was doing a Beth Moore study, she identified that word forgive as a continuous verb. That was life changing for my spiritual growth at that moment in time. I saw the truth of the power of the word forgiveness! I saw the power of His spilled out blood! I came to understand that I had no righteousness apart from Him, that He is my righteousness!!
Do you understand the power of the word “forgiveness”? If you haven’t been forgiven, you can’t possibly understand grace. And if you understand grace, you are without excuse to extend forgiveness to others.
Many homes are in chaos right now as I write these words, because they are too hurt to forgive, too prideful to forgive, too selfish to forgive, too angry to forgive. And all of these eventually lead to bitterness and destruction of self, others, marriages, and families. Forgiveness is a choice, not an emotion!!!
Prague News . . .
Well, pray for us this weekend in Arkansas as we do our bake sale and enchilada sale to raise money for the missionary women. We still need 20 women to be sponsored as of this writing. We are in the last leg of preparations for the trip, so please step up those prayers!!
I wrote the missionary women and asked if any of them would like to share anything with you guys, and a couple of them wrote back with the following links to blogs they themselves write if you’d like to check them out.
Stacy gave us these two stories from her blog:
One of our Rachels (we have a few from this bunch) sent the following links to her blog and a story:
Enjoy the reading, and don’t forget to be praying for all the missionary women who will be in attendance!
Love you all!